Tag Archives: weight

What is the maximum weight that a recreational horse can carry?

Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that decides if it is justified to carry a certain amount of weight. You have to look at the muscles, build and breed of the horse in order to make a safe observation and conclusion. Is the back weak or strong? ...

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Feeding the retired Thoroughbred

Brave, talented, versatile … off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) make fantastic sport and leisure horses who can easily be retrained into a second career. While they need to adjust mentally and physically to their new life, it’s equally important to transition their digestive system back to a high forage diet. If you do this correctly, you will end up being one of ...

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Collection work

We all seem to agree that training must first and foremost contribute to the physical development of the horse. Ultimate collection does not only ask a great deal of straightness, flexibility and co-ordination, it also asks tremendous mental concentration and contribution from your horse. What is collection? Very briefly, in collection you want the horse to shift his weight, which ...

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What is the maximum weight a horse should carry?

Q What is the maximum weight a leisure horse should carry (horses who go on lots of hacks up mountains and through water) and how much should a competition horse carry? Asked by Bernadette Marx A This is a difficult question. Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that ...

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How do I get my horse off the forehand?

A horse who is very on the forehand is always difficult to ride because it takes a method that is actually the opposite of what you want to do. The natural response when a horse pulls on the reins is to pull back. The problem with that is when you start pulling the reins, the horse slows down and uses ...

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